It is tempting, but unwise, to underestimate the work of Dolores Cullen. . . . A quick look at the accounts of her "eureka moments" in this gripping autobiography can be deceptive. They are nor vague psychic intuitions. They arise from an obsessive, long-term saturation in the language and the history of the fourteenth century, in particular the language of allegory. For most modern scholars, allegory is an unappealing, moralizing, reductionist genre, positively damaging to the study of great works of literature like The Canterbury Tales. . . . This book recounts the moving story of a life to which this academic journey gave ultimate and unexpected meaning.
-- From the Foreword by Clare Asquith, author of Shadowplay
About the author. Dolores Cullen first encountered Chaucer as a middle-aged college student. She received her B.A. in 1972 and her M.A. in 1978, both from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is the author of Chaucer's Host: Up-So-Doun(1998), Pilgrim Chaucer: Center Stage (1999),Chaucer's Pilgrims: The Allegory (2000), Who's Afraid of Middle English: A Book of Lystes (2002), and Ensnared by His Words: My Chaucer Obsession (2008). Cullen lives and writes in Claremont, California.